In a most gruesome incident, a Florida woman was accused of burning her 18-month-old son with bleach, United Press International Online reported.
Sandra Michelle Freeman, a resident of Venice, Florida was arrested on Wednesday and was charged with three felony charges of aggravated child abuse and kept in the Sarasota County jail without bond, reported the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Freeman has a long history of child abuse. According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, authorities have been receiving complaints about her children sustaining injuries ever since she moved to Florida from Michigan in 2008.
In August 2008, when Freeman had just moved to Venice, Sarasota's sheriff deputies were called to the hotel where she was staying. They found her drunk while one of her children had hurt her head and another had choke marks on his neck, Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported.
Freeman had another child while living in Venice. The boy's father had been photographing him over several months and pictures showed head injuries, bruising, full body rashes ... and feet that appear to be white with blisters, said a report.
Several authorities had been summoned 27 times to Freeman's home to check on her children's welfare or respond to family violence or suspicious incidents. Freeman, however, managed to evade the arrest every time for lack of evidence. It was only after a sheriff conducted an investigation that revealed that Freeman had doused her 18-month-old son with pure bleach, chlorine and pool shock chemicals that can cause third-degree burns, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported.
The report further added that an investigative report said that Freeman has intentionally, willfully and repeatedly abused the boy.
Freeman's adult son and her juvenile daughter informed detectives that their mother forced the boy to walk through powdered pool shock chemicals numerous times over the past three weeks, and that the abuse had been going on for longer than that.
According to her family members, Freeman had been abusing pills and suffered from a demented phobia of being infested with insects that came from her children and got under skin and into her body through her nose and feet, the arrest report said.